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Cone Pond Hike

December 26, 2013

Join WVAIA‘s Gary Moak on Saturday, Dec. 28, for a free guided hike to Cone Pond. Meet at Town Square gazebo by 9 a.m., return by noon. Cone Pond is found in a seldom-hiked part of Thornton, southwest of Welch-Dickey, at an elevation of 1500 ft. on Cone Mountain.

Hikers will park on Sugar Run Road in Thornton to access an unofficial trail used by locals. It is unrated, but the round-trip distance is about 2.5 miles. The hike is mostly easy and very pretty, but the “trail” is moderately steep in sections, and there are a few areas with slightly challenging footing. If conditions are icy or crusty, Microspikes, Yaktrax, or similar gear will be desirable, and snowshoes may be needed if we get new snow.

Bring water and snacks.

My son, Tyler, hiked Cone Pond a couple of summers ago.  Tyler snapped the photo, below, which shows one of the research stations for the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study.  Cone Pond has been – and continues to be – heavily studied by scientists.  Interestingly, Cone Pond does not have any history of human habitation or forest harvest and is one of the most acidic bodies of water in New Hampshire with an average pH of 4.6.

cone pond

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About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

2 thoughts on “Cone Pond Hike

  • Jeff says:

    Please remove your Cone Pond Hike post as ALL of the land required to access Cone Pond is PRIVATE property. Unauthorized hikers/trespassers will be cited by Thornton PD Thank you for your prompt response.

    • Jan Stearns says:

      Jeff: Thanks for your note. I am not going to remove this post. Firstly, the post is old and refers to a guided hike that took place in 2013. Secondly, I don’t think your statement is accurate. I just got off the phone with Sergeant Gilman of the Thornton Police Department. He is not aware of Cone Pond being inaccessible because it’s surrounded by private land. He suggested I contact the U.S. Forest Service. I just got off the phone with the FS and the woman I spoke with said that Cone Pond is on National Forest land. The Forest Service’s Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study has a station at Cone Pond (you can see a photo on this post), which means it’s accessible. She said it can be accessed via National Forest land from a road off Orris Road. It’s not marked and it is a bushwhack, but it IS accessible. I am aware that access to Cone Pond via the top of Sugar Run Road is not allowed. If you have some other information that I’m not aware of, please contact me.

      Thanks, Jan

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